Robert J. Jackson, Jr.
Professor of Law; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center
Robert J. Jackson, Jr. is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, where his research emphasizes empirical study of executive compensation and corporate governance matters. Before joining the faculty in 2010, Professor Jackson served as an advisor to senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Before that, Professor Jackson practiced in the Executive Compensation Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.
Professor Jackson has testified about his work before the U.S. Senate, and his
research has been the subject of rulemaking commentary before
several federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Securities and
Exchange Commission. His most recent projects include the first empirical study
of incentives throughout the managerial hierarchy of a large investment bank
(Stock Unloading and Banker Incentives, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 951 (2012)) and the first
comprehensive study of CEO pay in firms owned by private equity (Private Equity
and Executive Compensation, 60 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 638 (2013)).
Professor Jackson has also written about corporate spending on politics
(Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides?, 124 Harv. L. Rev. 83 (2010) (with
Lucian A. Bebchuk)), and co-chaired a group of legal academics that has
petitioned the SEC to make rules requiring U.S. public companies to disclose
In 2012, Columbia students honored Professor Jackson with the Willis L.M. Reese
Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Also in 2012, Professor Jackson moderated a Fred Friendly Seminar on
Financial Innovation in conjunction with Columbia Business School.
Recent papers are available here.
Recent policy advocacy is available here.
Member, RAND Center of Corporate Ethics and Governance Advisory Board
- Executive Compensation
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Law
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2005
- Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P, 2005
- The Wharton School, M.B.A., 2000
- The Wharton School, B.S. in Economics, 1999
- The University of Pennsylvania and Pembroke College, Oxford, B.A. in Philosophy, 1999